Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A tragi-comic “Fiction” anatomizes writers

Photo by Char Crail

Playwright Steven Dietz’ sophisticated analysis satirizes and sympathizes with the souls of writers. Adroitly directed by Peter Mohrmann,
“Fiction” features a cast of three. At the center are Linda (Janis Stevens) and her husband Michael (Eric Wheeler), both writers. She achieved fame from one literary novel; he made money from scripts for popular movies.

Most of the story comes from recollections from her diaries and his journals. Complications arise from her brain tumor, which may (or may not) be fatal and his affair with Abby (Stephanie Gularte), whom he met at a writers’ colony. The action, always compelling, swings back and forth in time, with an effete style that almost seems to mock itself. The play has a special appeal to a sophisticated audience.

For details and a review go to villagelife.com/story.php?id=692.

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